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4 Firebrick-Red Carved Cinnabar Pixiu Beads
Price is for 4 of these unusual beads - each measures 17mm x 11mm x 9mm. Hole size 1.5mm.
Pixiu is a Chinese mythical hybrid creature, with the head of a dragon, the body of a lion. A Pixiu protects and bring good fortune.
The toxicity of mercury and cinnabar was well known before 2000 B.C, when slaves and prisoners mining the ore died after three-years. However, the Chinese during the Song Dynasty, reduced the risk by using lacquer over the cinnabar carvings onto chests, candle sticks, snuff bottles and other ornaments.
Today, the toxic pigment is replaced by a resin-based polymer that looks the same as the pigmented lacquer. Most beads and jewellery sold as cinnabar now, consist of a carved wood base covered by layers of resin, and are totally harmless.